I found Wingman Adventures (Wingman Advisors at the time) trough TripAdvisor. I had been looking for this for many years since a real simulator is very hard to come by.
I quickly got a reply after sending an inquiry and after a few emails to sort out what I wanted, I received a written offer explaining my experience in detail and I was introduced to Doug who was going to be my instructor. A partial fee has to be payed when you order and the remaining amount a set number of days before your experience takes place.
I had a few questions which were quickly replied to.
The simulator is located just to the north of the runway at Miami International Airport (outside the airport premises). It is easy to find and parking is free.
When I met Doug, he was just the professional pilot I had expected. Very friendly and with a lot of knowledge. The experience I chose included a 4 hour theory session where he explained everything I wanted to know, and all of the things I needed to know before entering the simulator. There is also lunch included but to be honest, listening to Doug supersedes any available lunch option in Miami….so I skipped it not thinking twice.
As I am more than average interested in aviation, Doug adjusted his level of information to suit my level of knowledge.
The simulator itself is something I have never thought should be so complex. Doug starts you off at an easy level, letting you learn things and getting to know the airplane. He is patient, pauses and explains, then lets you try again. No pressure, it is your day and he is just making it even better. My 2 hours went like a blink of an eye. You are allowed your own camera. I brought a Go Pro Hero Cam 3 HD. The mounting can be a bit challenging due to the movement of the simulator.
If you think you are good in flight sims...you will have a surprise.
Doing this is by far the greatest experience I have ever had and I will definitely do it again.
A few tips for anyone interested in doing this:
- Bring water. Although there is a air-condition working, you will get thirsty.
- Be rested. The experience is great fun and can be overwhelming so you will get tired at the end.
- Don’t hesitate. It is worth every cent. I flew from Norway to Miami just for this and I will do it again!
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